Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

District Good Place for Job Seekers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

District Good Place for Job Seekers

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Officials of the Fort Zumwalt School District soon will hoist signs saying "Help Wanted" to meet the demand of a projected boom in enrollment for the next school year.

Early projections show Fort Zumwalt will add about 50 teachers in a year when no new school will open, says Gary Hill, assistant superintendent for personnel. An additional 20 people will be needed to fill secretarial, food-services and other non-teaching positions. Some of the 50 teaching positions will include speciality areas of art, music and physical education. Additional librarians, counselors and special-education teachers will be hired.

The district is reserving openings for seven more elementary-school teachers should enrollment figures this summer indicate the need for them.

Hill, reporting to the Fort Zumwalt School Board Monday night, said enrollment was expected to leap by 6.6 percent, or 785 pupils, the equivalent of adding an additional school to the district. Reports show total enrollment, including kindergarten pupils, may climb to 12,624 from 11,839. Despite an aggressive construction plan, as many as eight mobile classrooms could dot various schools next year, Hill says.

Initial projections show Fort Zumwalt North High School may need two mobile units, Fort Zumwalt North Middle School may need three units, J. L. Mudd may need one, Hawthorn may need one, and Dardenne may need one.

The major growth is in the southwestern area of the district in O'Fallon. But St. Peters schools also are pushing at the seams, Hill says. The growth ultimately affects all schools as boundaries are changed to handle enrollment, he adds.

Middle schools and high schools are experiencing growth as the number of sixth-graders and freshmen exceed the number of eighth-graders and seniors, Hill says. Fort Zumwalt North Middle will have about 100 more students next year, and Fort Zumwalt North High will have about 130 more students. …

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